Fall Movies To See

Movies Yet to See in 2006 (a list compiled by and ):
In roughly chronological order, sometimes with details, sometimes… eh.

Now showing… somewhere:
The Illusionist seen 10/1/06, I think
Half Nelson
Idiocracy [limited]. A Luke Wilson character as the smartest man alive? Heh.
Hollywoodland seen 9/10/06
Sherrybaby – I will see anything with Maggie Gyllenhaal in it, but this looks particularly promising.
The Black Dahlia – And I need to find the music from the trailer, too. 9/something
The Last Kiss – I am about 75 percent sold on seeing this (and I think Kristen is 0 percent sold), although it looks to be a movie I’ve seen several times before. I’m intrigued by the inclusion of the parents’ marriage falling apart as a second story line, and also by the fact that it’s a coming-of-age movie about people my age. I’d like to believe that Zach Braff will eventually not play himself in the movies.
All the King’s Men
Renaissance [limited] – Daniel Craig in black-and-white animation, similar to A Scanner Darkly? Yeah.
The Last King of Scotland [limited]
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints [limited] [possibly only me]
The Departed. I have a thing for Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting. And the cast is simply irresistible to me. seen 10/8/06
The Queen [limited]. Helen Mirren is the draw for me. And I’ve really liked every Stephen Frears movie I’ve seen so far (High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, and Mrs. Henderson Presents
Man of the Year. It’s Robin Williams playing… Jon Stewart? And becoming president, wha…? (seen 10/22/06)
Infamous [limited]. If it was any other cast, I might skip this Second Coming of Capote film, but I have such love for Daniel Craig, and Sandra Bullock usually works for me.
Little Children [limited]. Could this be the film that makes me a Jennifer Connelly fan?
Tideland [limited]
Flags of Our Fathers. I feel a little iffy on seeing this movie, because right now my motivation is simply that I believe it will be up for some Academy Awards. But I enjoyed Eastwood’s direction in his last two films, so I feel I should trust him again and keep this high on the October priority list.
The Prestige. Yes, yes, ohgod, yes. Christian Bale + Hugh Jackman + Christopher Nolan, yes. The trailer promotes the movie as something that sits right at the edge of my tolerance for creepiness (which is pretty low) and Scarlett Johansson, but the remaining cast — even dear Michael Caine — wins me over. (seen 10/24/06)
Running with Scissors [limited]. Nothing about this movie won’t be painful — but I think it will be the entertaining kind of film pain.
Babel [limited].
Catch a Fire. Who doesn’t love a few good movies about misunderstandings and international terror?
Volver [LA/NY].
Flushed Away. It has the voices of Hugh Jackman AND Ian McKellan. How could I not see this movie? OK, it might go to Netflix…
Stranger Than Fiction. I never thought I’d see the day (or the movie) when Emma Thompson acted with Will Ferrell. In a Marc Foster movie.
A Good Year. Another movie I have on my list simply because I feel it will be Oscar-bait. I’m getting tired of Russell Crowe.
An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (AKA Fur) [limited]
Casino Royale. Daniel Craig, guh.
Happy Feet
Fast Food Nation [limited]. Note 1: Should probably read this book, even though it’s a loose adaptation. Note 2: Greg Kinnear is fast becoming one of my favorite actors.
Come Early Morning [limited]
Candy [NY]
The Fountain
The Hoax for Lasse Hallstrom.
Bobby [11/22]. The first Lindsay Lohan movie to interest me since Mean Girls.
12/8: The Good German
The Holiday. I wish I could better justify my interest in this, but basically it comes down to: Kate Winslet/Jack Black?
Breaking and Entering [limited]. IMDB says Anthony Minghella is a shoe-in for a best director nod for this one; I find his movies intriguing, and he wrote and directed here, which has proved to be good in the past.
The Blood Diamond. Like I said, I have a thing for Actor Leo.
Charlotte’s Web
Night at the Museum. Ah, Ben Stiller, welcome back.
The Good Shepherd. Directed by DeNiro? That’s interesting.
We Are Marshall. I’m intrigued by the David Straitharn casting. And the true-story angle. And the timing of the release. And let’s face it, I like sports movies (though, oddly, not sports).
The Painted Veil
Notes on a Scandal. What are the chances they’ll come up with a better name for the film in the next few days? Let’s hope. Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench? YES.
Children of Men. EW said this was a September movie, I think. Bastards.
Pan’s Labrynith [limited]
Perfume: The Story of a Murder. Who doesn’t need a little Alan Rickman at Christmastime?
Miss Potter [limited] and surprisingly NOT about the daughter of Harry. The life of Beatrix Potter, with Emily Watson and Renee Zellweger.

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10 Responses to Fall Movies To See

  1. therealjae says:

    I have heard lukewarm things about “Breaking and Entering,” which is very very sad, since I’ve been waiting for it for three years. But you can bet I will still see it at the earliest opportunity!


  2. next_bold_move says:

    We’re going to be in the theater a lot.

  3. tangleofthorns says:

    This is a super list. I’m adding the new Christopher Guest to the list, assuming it still makes it out this winter. But otherwise I’m with you. Although, isn’t Notes on a Scandal named after the book it’s based on? Maybe there’s some sort of justification for the title within the text.

  4. ellenneithernor says:

    The book that Notes on a Scandal is based on actually uses that as a subtitle. The title is What Was She Thinking? Maybe they didn’t think that was strong enough given the subject matter?

  5. kepkanation says:

    Christopher Guest is a must-see for me, too, but it’s more of a must-rent. I find I like his movies best in the comfort of my own home… or the home of a friend with access to much liquor, and so that we can all laugh outrageously and rewind and repeat things many times.

  6. kepkanation says:

    Maybe it’s like KOA and we can pitch a tent and get free WiFi?

  7. kepkanation says:

    The IMDB “buzz” snippet about it seems encouraging: they say the movie wasn’t so great at its first preview but has had all postive reviews since it went in for editing. So… fingers crossed.

  8. kepkanation says:

    Ohh, What Was She Thinking seems like a better title to me. I should pick up that book!

  9. next_bold_move says:

    If it’s not like that, it certainly should be.

  10. kepkanation says:

    I think also, IHOP should be like that. Free WiFi and tent-pitching areas. And cleaner bathrooms.

    Everyone needs a dream, si?

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